Robert Maxwell wrote:
This is in spite of convention programs almost always saying that you should shower every day. That they even have to mention this makes me go
Seriously, people. Bathe.
I was at a gaming convention once where they had these little containers of deodorizer. They just sat on each table, supposedly absorbing the stink. The room still
smelled bad. I was only able to stand a few minutes of it. Gross.
When I went to an anime convention for the first time, I was a little surprised to read all the literature saying bathe, sleep, eat something other than pocky and drink some water!
It's like, wow. This is that much of a problem, huh?
Confessions, eh? Ok, mine involve ebooks.
I have a Nook. I buy ebooks from B&N, but also buy them from Kindle and other places. As soon as I've bought anything non-B&N, I download it, strip the DRM and convert it to ePub (format for the Nook). I then stick it in a folder with titles I've downloaded from B&N, before copying it to my Nook.
I'm not sharing the files. But I've also been around long enough to have seen instances where "big brother" has gone in and yanked files that were purchased legally. Damn right I'll back those files up.
If I get some other ereader in the future, I'll do the same thing with that.
I'm not really all that familiar with ereaders, but are they all that proprietary? If you have a Nook you can't ever read anything bought from Amazon without all that DRM stripping and hoop jumping (and vice versa I'd assume)?
In college, I used to go back out to my car to eat lunch. Sometimes it would be a good three quarters of a mile walk to where I parked, but I didn't care. I just liked the feeling of crushing peoples hopes of finding a parking spot. That look of utter disappointment when they realized I wasn't leaving...It felt so good.
The fact that I myself had to wait for an hour to find that spot made it all the sweeter.
That really is obnoxious. Why? Because you don't know who you're spiting (might even be a friend or possible love interest). And just how long does the good feeling last? I imagine not too long. What happened? Did someone do this to you once and you're obsessed with getting revenge?
I only bring this up because I've been on the other end of that a few times. I pull up to a spot where I saw someone get into their car. As soon as they see me waiting with my signal on, it's like they shift into slow motion. Then with the engine and lights on, they go to the back of the car, pop the trunk and rummage around in it for a bit, pretending to "adjust" their bags. The telltale sign was the smirk flashed as they closed the trunk and slowly sauntered back into the car. Not a friendly smile. A smug grin that telegraphed "heh, I'm making you wait and it feels so good." And they don't even know me. Just blatant anonymous hostility. Sickening.
I guess it's a little petty to feel smug and satisfied that everyone wants your spot and won't be getting it (I've disappointed many a car vulture myself, though not on purpose), but this
level of ire over it?
Nobody deserves a parking spot anymore than the next guy! And everyone's had to wait just as long to get it. Just move on to the next spot if someone's being a douche about the spot they won't be giving up!